Alex Melton, Senior Pastor

I am excited to serve at Heartland and help lead others to know and experience the love of Christ. I am married to Kelli and we have three children (Bekah, Eli, & Hannah). Before coming to Alton, I served as the Pastor of Youth & College at First Baptist Church of Cookeville, TN for 6 years. We saw God do some incredible things in the lives of students and their families, we are excited to see what God will do here as we see the church reach people of all ages.

I am from Florida originally and received my BA in communication from the University of Central Florida before receiving my Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I love to spend my time with my family and cheering on the UCF Knights and Atlanta Braves.

I look forward to meeting you as you join us for worship!

John Collins, Discipleship and Family Pastor

Before coming to Heartland, John served as Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church of Poplar Bluff, MO, which is where he also spent 9 years as the Baptist Student Union Director at Three Rivers College. John grew up in the Atlanta, GA area and earned a BFA from Valdosta State University. After college, John attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Masters of Divinity. John loves to spend time with His family, working on DIY projects, playing sports, and watching sports, especially the Georgia Bulldogs.

Jeanie Farrow, Financial Secretary

Jeanie joined our staff December of 2000. Jeanie and her husband Rick live in Godfrey and have an adult son and are the proud grandparents of two grandsons, just ask to see pictures. They live on a farm and enjoy wildlife and their dog, Snickers.

Sarah Neuhaus, Office Coordinator

Sarah joined our staff in November, 2013. Sarah and her husband, Monte, have been married for 22 years and live in Alton. She has a 16 year old daughter, Addisyn and three grown step-sons, Brandyn, Chris, and Nate. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Fred.

Jesus in Every Heart and Every Home